Nazem Kadri and The Top Five Toronto Marlies That Should Be Promoted

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Nazem Kadri and The Top Five Toronto Marlies That Should Be Promoted
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With the state of the Leafs as it is, they will not be making the playoffs this season and are more than likely not heading there the following season, unless major roster movement occurs. 

Why is that, you ask? Currently, only Nazem Kadri, who was recently sent down by the Leafs, is the lone Marlies player drafted by the Leafs. Jerry D'Amigo and James Reimer are at the World Juniors and warming the bench for JS Giguere, respectively.

Not only is this a problem, but it's one of the many problems facing this organization. Their inability to properly develop many of their draft picks has probably been one of the organization's greatest problems.

You have read my previous slideshows of bad draft picks and even the Leafs' top draft picks, and the main points you can take away from them are that they drafted terribly, dealt picks away and, lastly, allowed for the best prospects from years past to leave the organization via trade or free agency. See Tuukka Rask, Brad Boyes, Alex Steen, Matt Stajan and so on.

With that said, since the Leafs like to call up third line AHL'ers to fill in for many player voids in the lineup, I thought it would be fitting to put together a slideshow of the top five players that need a promotion—some you may argue don't deserve one.

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